Yesterday, Dr Reiter extended the invitation to be a part of the 21-Day Racial Justice Challenge. Each day beginning Monday, August 17th, you will be asked to do something to raise awareness about the harmfulness of racism. It’s a challenge worth our attention and effort. We hope and encourage you to participate in this challenge.
Coincidentally or providentially or maybe it’s a providential coincidence (guess it depends on how you see the world), I discovered Caleb Rosado Ph.D. While he was on staff at Eastern University in Philadelphia he wrote an article entitled: The Undergirding Factor is POWER Toward an Understanding of Prejudice and Racism: At the heart of prejudice lies two concepts: ignorance and fear. All of us tend to have prejudicial attitudes towards others. This type of prejudice or “pre-judgment” is based on ignorance. It is a normal human response to racial, social, sexual and other forms of differences, because all human beings tend to prejudge others on the basis of limited knowledge, especially if they are different from us. Thus, we are all prejudiced, and virtually none are exempt. Most of what passes for prejudice in society is the result of ignorance of other groups and their way of life and social condition. Because of the way American society is presently structured, most Whites have almost no conceptual idea nor first-hand experience of life in the African American and Latino communities. This is because the prevailing norms of separation and segregation that prevent people of different racial/ethnic groups from interacting with each other in a meaningful and positive way, perpetuate this ignorance of groups, which in turn gives rise to attitudes of prejudice. In light of such a common human condition, the advice of a former seminary professor of mine is most helpful and worthy of practice: The mark of a mature mind is the ability to suspend judgment until all the evidence is in.” We believe 21-Day Racial Justice Challenge will lead us toward a greater faithfulness.
Scripture Reading: Galatians 3:27-28
As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.
What does it mean to you to clothe yourself with Christ?
How have you experienced racism?
It’s been said that the most segregated hour of the week is 11:00 am on Sunday morning. What do you think about this statement?
Prayer: Holy God, let me be clothed in attitude and actions that show your path and purpose. Startle me when I first go to assumptions that judge the other as less and let me see him or her as one created in your likeness. Amen.
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